HEALTH ALERT!  For the safety of our patients and staff, effective March 30, 2020, new patients and patients with disabilities will be permitted one visitor over the age of 15. No other visitors will be permitted into the clinic.  Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. Compass is working with other health care providers in the area to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. We are taking active steps to minimize your exposure to the virus. These steps include screening everyone who enters the clinic for signs of illness, banning most visitors in the clinic, minimizing our own staffing and allowing some employees to work from home, and frequent sanitation of the clinic. We are using personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves, and face-shields according to national guidelines. We are working to identify those patients whose visits or treatments can be safely delayed, and we will notify you of this if you have an upcoming visit.  We ask that you stay home if you have fever and/or cough.

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Skin Cancer Overview

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. They are named for the type of cells that become cancerous.

There are three major types of skin cancers under, two primary categories of skin cancer:

1. Nonmelanoma skin cancers

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

2. ​Melanoma - the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

If skin cancer spreads from its original place to another part of the body, the new growth has the same kind of abnormal cells and the same name as the primary growth. It is still called skin cancer. Below you will find information about skin cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, staging, and treatment options as you prepare for your first appointment.

Just Diagnosed with Skin Cancer?

Just Diagnosed with Skin Cancer?

We understand that a new diagnosis of non-melanoma skin cancer or melanoma can be scary. Often diagnosed by a dermatologist, you may want to seek a second opinion from a skin cancer specialist. We are always available to give a second opinion and describe our recommended treatment options.

Signs & Symptoms of Skin Cancer and Melanoma

Signs & Symptoms of Skin Cancer and Melanoma

If you find any new marks, moles, or spots on your skin, it is always best to see a skin cancer specialist, who can provide an exam and provide a biopsy, if needed. The sooner a skin cancer can be diagnosed as non-melanoma or melanoma, the better your chance of a positive treatment outcome.

Skin Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention

Skin Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention

There is no way to completely prevent skin cancer. Some skin cancers are caused by factors that you can control - like overexposure to UV light including the sun and artificial UV light from tanning beds, but other are not. Find out what you can do to avoid skin cancers from developing.

Types of Skin Cancer

Types of Skin Cancer

Knowing what type and stage of your skin cancer is important because it will affect your treatment options. There are three major types of skin cancers, grouped into two categories:

Non Melanoma Skin Cancers

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Melanoma - The most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Treatment Options

Skin Cancer Treatment Options

Your skin cancer specialist at Compass Oncology will work together with you to develop a skin cancer treatment plan that’s best for you based on your type and stage of cancer and your general overall health. Your treatment options may include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy - Topical or IV
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Immunotherapy for Melanoma
  • Targeted Therapy for Melanoma
Support & Resources for Skin Cancer Patients

Support & Resources for Skin Cancer Patients

From support groups to oncology nutrition services, genetic counseling to financial counseling with our Patient Benefit Representatives, the cancer specialists at Compass Oncology are here for you every step of the way. We encourage you to learn more and take advantage of our supportive care services.

From Our Blog: Additional Skin Cancer Education

Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about Skin Cancer or ask your cancer care team questions about your individual situation.